Support groups can be a lifeline
Support is the one consistent need among a diverse group of diseases and conditions that affect various people. Whether one has diabetes, is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or is dealing with surviving a brain aneurysm, the common thread among all is the need for support, education and resources.
Many find support groups helpful, if not vital, to “getting through” one’s disease or situation. Focusing on education and sharing of resources, techniques and tips, support groups are often a lifeline for the average person who is learning about their disease while dealing with it. While the facilitator’s expertise is very important to the success of the group, it is often the group members themselves who have the greatest impact on each other. Sharing their own experiences, techniques that worked and didn’t work, and approaches that might be advantageous offer real, tried and true tips and solutions.
For those who are hesitant about groups, or one who “isn’t a joiner”, consider the value such support may bring to your situation. Give it a shot and see if your concerns about groups can be outweighed by the information you garner through attending one.
NVNA and Hospice has several disease-specific support groups, all open free to the public, including:
Brain Aneurysm – meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through June; 7 to 8:30 pm at our offices at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell. Co-facilitated by our Director of Rehab Services, Bernadette Ward, PT, CDP and Anne-Marie Powers, PTA, CDP, this group offers survivors and their family members and caregivers a wonderful forum to learn more about brain aneurysms, recovery and survival.
Caregivers of Alzheimer’s and related dementias – two groups are offered through NVNA and Hospice. One meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10:30 am to 12 noon at our offices at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell. Facilitated by certified dementia practitioner Joan Wright, CDP, the group is open to anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our other group meets in our Pinehills Plymouth location (One Village Green North, Suite 123) on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 12 noon. This is facilitated by our social worker Elizabeth Spaulding, LICSW and again is open to anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Diabetes Education and Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from September through June; 10 to 11 am at our offices at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell. Facilitated by our nutritionist Claire Kennedy, MS, RD, LDN, this group offers a host of practical ways to keep one’s diabetes in check and stay healthy.
For more information on groups, please call 781.659.2342.